Published on Tuesday March 30, 2010
Isabel Knoke, Post-doctoral researcher in the Nanomaterials Group (advisor: Yury Gogotsi), received Finalist recognition for her image "Roses of Boehmite" in the photography category of the 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science.
The image is a scanning electron micrograph of the aluminum hydroxide phase Boehmite. These rose-like crystals were formed in a reaction of aluminum with water. The image was taken on the ZEISS SEM in our Centralized Research Facilities and colored using Photoshop. This SEM image comes from a sample provided by AlumiFuel Power, Inc., a member of the Materials and Nanotechnology Consortium. AlumiFuel works on hydrogen production from aluminum and water. This image shows the beautiful and intricate self-organized structures of an inorganic material. The microscopic texture of the material mimics structure that we see in nature on the macroscale, namely, that of rose petals.
The image was featured in Ceramic Tech Today.